What is Art?

Pellissippi State teaches art in a studio setting under the guidance of practicing professional artists. Through constant exposure to critical visual thinking, students gain a strong sense of aesthetics in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art.

female painting potteryPellissippi State offers studio courses in

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Design
  • Printmaking
  • Hand Built Ceramics
  • Thrown Pottery
  • Metalwork
  • Blacksmithing
  • Sculpture

Pellissippi State’s faculty work with students to develop their individual creative intelligence through the practice of various art disciplines. As an Art major, students can mix and match classes to explore a variety of artistic practices, mediums and materials. Open studio time is available for students to work outside of class.

The Art program leads to an Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree in 60-61 credit hours.


What can I do with this degree?

2 students working on wood piecesStudents planning to transfer and complete a four-year degree in Art will find many courses at Pellissippi State that fulfill freshman and sophomore studio art requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at institutions across the state. Pellissippi State also invites representatives from art institutes and four-year universities onto campus to conduct portfolio reviews and review scholarship opportunities, opening doors students may never have imagined.

Pellissippi State’s Art faculty are accomplished practicing professionals in their respective fields who help students develop a competitive visual art portfolio. From careers in character design, museum curation or even forging in fire, Pellissippi State faculty ensure that students are prepared for whatever opportunities their future might offer.


What can I expect at Pellissippi State?

Pellissippi State’s Art classes are capped at a 12:1 student-to-instructor ratio and are offered in the Bagwell Center of Media and Art on the College’s Hardin Valley Campus. The building is equipped with a large painting and drawing studio, a ceramics studio and even a metal casting, welding and forging studio, making Pellissippi State one of the few schools in Tennessee that offers blacksmithing.

Students learn how to apply for juried exhibitions as well, and there are many opportunities to showcase work including the Annual Juried Student Exhibition and the Annual Intercollegiate Student Exhibition.